Chris Clemons has bagged another one.
Not another sack, but his four-sack explosion in the second quarter of the Seahawks’ victory over the Packers on Monday night has earned Clemons NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
“I don’t know how a guy gets four sacks in one half,” coach Pete Carroll said after the game. “A tremendous job by those guys – and the two edge guys rushing, they feed off one another.”
The other edge guy is rookie Bruce Irvin, who had two sacks in the first quarter. Nose tackle Brandon Mebane added two more, giving the Seahawks eight sacks of Aaron Rodgers in the first half.
“I know that Bruce got started first and as they teed it up, it went nuts for us,” Carroll said.
No one was nuttier than Clemons, who had 11 sacks in each of his first two seasons with the Seahawks.
His four sacks tied the club single-game record and also the NFL mark for most sacks in the first half of a game. Clemons has five sacks for the season, which ranks third in the league behind the Packers’ Clay Matthews (six) and Texans’ J.J. Watt (5.5).
This is the first weekly honor for a Seahawks player this season. Clemons won the award in Week 11 last season, when wide receiver Doug Baldwin (Week 14) and since-departed middle linebacker David Hawthorne (Week 13) also were honored.